Thursday, November 19, 2009

I love our neighborhood.

As mentioned last week, I was thrilled about the amazing weather that was gracing Atlanta this weekend. As I sit here in my office sans window during yet another gloomy week, I yearn for that perfect weather.

I ventured into my blank scheduled weekend with excitement of what would fall onto my plate. Friday was a success as we sauntered down the street to Smith’s Olde Bar to celebrate Pat’s birthday. One too many shots later there was a strip show, an unexpected make out sess and a dance party that may or may not have involved How Bizarre. Um more like how amazing.

Saturday involved lots of snuggling and being lazy until Daniel had to go into work. Lame. After running off to dog sit in the ‘burbs, I returned home to continue my amazingly lazy day. I napped on the couch and spent some overdue QT with the pooch before Nina came over. After a quick trip to Rice Box, Trader Joes and Blockbuster, we were prepared for a lovely wine/Chinese/movie night. If you haven’t seen the Ugly Truth, put it in your queue. It is a super cute. As you can tell, my Saturday was ultimately boring, but I savored every moment. It was delicious.

Sunday was the icing atop an already amazingly relaxing weekend. I, of course, awoke early and checked off my to do list of regularly scheduled Sunday chores including: laundry, vacuuming in heals, cleaning the kitchen and dusting the living room. So satisfying. I don’t care what you say, chores might blow, but coming home to a clean house feels great. Once Daniel woke up, we headed out to Best Buy to purchase the new Super Mario Bros game for Wii. Side note – it is less than a week later and he has already beaten the entire game. Usually I am not one for video games, but Mario games are the best. They are the games I played as a child so I love them. Video game nerd? Sure, sign me up as long as it includes that fat little man in red. Moving on…after a short preview to the game Daniel, Dakota, Nina and I headed down to the park for a day of soaking in the final moments of weather perfection. The sound of the fallen leaves crunching below our feet was blissful.

As we head off to NYC next week for the holiday, I am excited to explore the city Daniel and I will live in come grad school completion in two years. I hope in the meantime to live it up in Atlanta as much as possible before we leave for good. Helping Kelly check off her Ultimate Atlanta Bucket List will ensure I am experiencing all of Atlanta’s greatness. I absolutely adore our little neighborhood and will miss it when we leave. Until then, I will frolic in the park as often as the fickle weather permits and take advantage of all the goodies between the manor and 10th street. I can’t wait to finally check out the Three Legged Cowboy and Woodys. Oh, I love Midtown.

Friday, November 13, 2009

I lie.

I thought last weekend was going to be the last amazingly perfect fall weather ever. Well, I lie. This weekend is predicted to be gorgeous!!! I am thrilled.

This is the first weekend in a very long time that hasn’t been packed full of to dos and parties. It has been a fun filled few weeks, but I am eagerly looking forward to a weekend of spontenatity that could include anything from crazy dance parties to relaxing in the park with a good book. The possibilites are endless and that makes me happy. There are only 8 short hours that separate me from my empty planned weekend. Here are a few of my favorite websites that will entertain me until that magical hour of 5:00 o’clock:

Happy weekend!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Snuggling is my favorite.

I knew it. Last weekend was going to be the last beautiful weekend for the rest of our lives ever. Well, until spring. The gorgeous sunny, cloud free skies have turned on me this week bringing in rain, rain oh and MORE rain. Seriously Georgia, I do not want to hear one more word about a drought until at least 2012. I cannot believe just 6 months ago Sonny Perdue was advising us to all take 5 minute showers and if it is yellow let it mellow. Now, Atlanta might as well be Seattle’s first cousin. My new uniform once I arrive home from work includes sweatpants, long sleeved shirts, big thick socks or Uggs and a snuggie. My bf is one lucky man to live with such a hottie.

Flashback to last weekend when the weather was actually gorgeous! Friday night was bestie date night with Kelly. Kelly recently started her own blog chronicling her adventures in marking off one Atlanta Bucket List item at a time. I clearly inspire people. CNN hero of the year…right here kids. You can follow her here. Anyways, we ventured out on a lovely evening to begin checking off that list. Side note – there are few things that give me more satisfaction than checking things off lists. It just feels good. So I was the obvious wingwoman for the Atlanta Bucket List challenge. We began the night at the Righteous Room where we noshed on burgers and indulged in several Yuenglings (thank god we have that beer in Georgia now.) I am a big fan of anything involving exposed brick and this place was made extra righteous because of said architectural accent. We then sauntered over to the Highland Inn which Kelly had been to previously, but I was a virgin. My date for the night paid my way in to a basement full of low lights, antique stacked tvs and a fantastic soul band that put the groove into the evening. We have developed a naughty habitat of walking into random places like we own that ish and, of course, walked right up front to show off our fierce dance moves. The night then leads us to a “party” and finally to Smith’s olde bar where we showed off our dart skillz in the smoke filled room.

Saturday morning came too early and I snuggled as long as possible before being Betty Homemaker and making breakfast for my love and Nina. It is so marvelous having her right next door. Happy family at the Manor on Monroe. After being lazy for another hour or 3, Nina and I took a jaunt down to the Chomp and Stomp in Cabbagetown. This was supposed to be a Chili event, but somehow we ended up munching on corn dogs and funnel cake. Sounds like the SC state fair minus the gun shots. It was such a gorgeous day so I loved that we spent it outside soaking up the remainder of habitable weather. After the sunset it became a tad chilly so naturally we skipped over to Moe’s and Joe’s for more beer and dinner. Saturday night was officially the celebration of Nina’s 22nd birthday. We gathered at her apartment to have a drink or two and discover the many definitions of trumpet. Then, it was off to East Atlanta to begin the night of debauchery. The night included one too many shots at Graveyard, dance circles at Eastside lounge and thievery at Tin Roof. Oh and, does anyone remember that dance you did in middle school where you and your friend would grab opposite arms and then squat down, then pop back up and switch arms…etc? Well, Nina and I did and that was pretty much the highlight of the night. You’re welcome Eastside Lounge patrons.

Sunday was lovely with snuggles, errands, laundry, cleaning…the works. Oh and it may or may not have involved avocado masks and multiple SATC episodes. The weekend ran away entirely too fast and this week is dragging on slowly. The horrendous weather is not helping. Even eating grilled cheese and tomato soup everyday isn’t making time go any faster. Sigh. This weekend is supposed to be rather low key so I guess I will just have to wait until then to get in my doctor prescribed snuggle time. Doctors orders.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Pumpkin Paradise

My obsession with all things pumpkin has really intensified this year. I wake up on Saturday mornings craving a breakfast of pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin bagels and continue through the day dreaming of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Delish. I am not sure when pumpkin season officially ends, but I am hoping those talented baristas at Starbucks keep churning out that orange tinted goodness well into the chilly months ahead.

Last Thursday, we began the celebration of Nina’s 22nd birthday. Yay! A bunch of her friends headed down to Tin Lizzy’s Grant Park location and had a quick nosh on margaritas, fried pickles and skillets. Heaven. Tin Lizzy’s is hands down my fav and thus the best Mexican restaurant in Atlanta. Check # 143 off the Ultimate Atlanta Bucket list.

After a low key Friday night (I am such a rockstar), Saturday was finally Halloween. I spent the morning being absolutely lazy and finally snapped into action early afternoon. I went to find my friend so she could find her car from the previous night’s cougar filled activities. We then headed to Wendy’s where I promptly permanently borrowed about a bizillon ketchup paper pot thingys. Once back to the manor, we concocted the perfect Halloween treat for our preparty later that night – black cherry and orange jello shots. Thank you Wendy’s for making this all possible. I promise to buy several frostys in the near future to repay my debut to your fast food establishment.

Cougey and I then made a quick jaunt to Junkman’s Daughter and Psycho Sisters in efforts to finalize our costumes. Mainly, we both needed proper underwear since out outfits were slightly scandalous. Mission accomplished. Once deck out in our fabulous costumes, a few friends came over to indulge in our fancy treats and play on the new Tpain app for the iphone. Then, it was off to Spiralween with 3,000 other Atlantans. I had a blast. The band Yatch Rock played Michael Jackson’s Thriller album for the first set and it.was.awesome. So perfect and so fun. The night was filled with lots of dancing, random picture taking with fun costumed strangers, a fire drill, evacuation, Miley Cyrus, Max, too many shots and finally, of course, a graceful tumble by yours truly. I think the highlights of the evening may be better described through a photo montage. Enjoy.

Sunday, Nina officially moved into the apartment next to Daniel and I. Our family is complete :) It is so great having her right next door. Barely a week in and we have already had our first official Grey’s date night and cooking baking party. Love it.

This week has seemed very long, but it is finally Friday. Last night, I joined the rest of my company for the Bowl A Thon where we raised money for Make A Wish Foundation. 800 realtors bowling? Hilarious. Especially my agents who all had to go cups of margaritas in hand from dinner. Very entertaining night and most importantly, we raised lots of money for the kids.

I am looking forward to this weekend and the amazeballs weather that is predicted. One more Halloween party, birthday extravanga and a lovely Sunday of photographing autumn leaves in the park lay ahead of me. All I have to do is make it through today which, at 9:37am, is already proving difficult. Maybe I should take a break and go grab a pumpkin spice latte to help me through :)